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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Philadelphia Artists Collective New Venture Reading Series Play Festival seeks 10-minute plays

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Deadline: August 1, 2020
Philadelphia PA


To celebrate PAC’s 10th anniversary season and to celebrate the vitality of classical themes in new work, PAC invites playwrights to submit for consideration for our first ever New Venture Reading Series Play Festival.

​The theme for the plays is Transformation.

Five plays of no more than 10 minutes each will be selected for a staged reading during our festival taking place February 14-15, 2021 at the Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake.

​The Festival takes place February 14-15, 2021.

All submissions must be received by 5pm on August 1, 2020. No exceptions. Only the first 100 submissions will be accepted. Once the 100 cap has been reached, the submission window will close. Submissions that do not meet the guidelines below will not be accepted to make room for others. One submission per writer, please. Make sure everyone can have a chance.

The selected plays will be announced November 1, 2020.

For inspiration, take a walk through our website. Read through our mission, our past production and reading history and even take a look at the adaptations and scripts we have worked on over the years. You can find a selection of our scripts and adaptations here.

Please be mindful that while the scripts are largely in the public domain, our adaptations are not so please don't use these works for any other purpose without permission.

Create a 10-minute play that responds, resonates or retorts the themes, characters and/or essence of the work you discover. Use Transformation as your guide. It may lead to a new verse form or a new language altogether or it may be a direct rebuttal of the themes you encounter. We are looking for creativity and honesty.

  • Based on the theme of Transformation, please submit a play that:
  • Is in response to, conversation with, or inspired by classical work and ties into Transformation;
  • Is a finished piece with a beginning, middle and end;
  • Is no more than 10 minutes in length;
  • An original, never published or previously produced new work
  • Each of the 5 chosen plays will be selected based on:
  • Clearly demonstrated excellence of the work;
  • Relevance to the mission of PAC;
  • Incorporation of theme; and
  • Creative use of language/classical themes/conversation with the classics as outlined in the THE DETAILS section above.
  • The submission window will open on June 1, 2020. Please submit by 5PM on Saturday, August 1 OR until the cap has been reached. No exceptions or phone calls, please. PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT BEFORE JUNE 1. YOUR SUBMISSION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Thank you.

​Selected playwrights will receive the following:
  • Two staged readings of their script during the New Ventures Festival on February 14 and 15, 2020 by a core group of incredible Philadelphia-based actors;
  • A dedicated dramaturg and director;
  • A commission fee of $50.00;
  • Final script approval and will be consulted on choices for shared ensemble cast;
  • Submission to National New Play Exchange;
  • The love and admiration of actors, peers, and audiences
  • Each script must be no longer than 10 pages (excluding title page and character list);
  • Font no smaller than 11 point please;
  • When read aloud, play should not exceed 10 minutes;
  • Please submit in PDF format. Name the file as the exact title of your play.
  • We are new to this so please do not ask for comments on your submission.
  • Please submit only through the submission form
  • ​Please note: We are unable to provide local housing
  • In the event we cannot meet in person, the Festival will be transformed (see what we did there?) to an online format
Still have questions? Please contact Charlotte at: charlotte@philartistscollective.org

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